(Proverbs 26:19 KJV) So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
It is interesting that the NASB has “joking” (7832) and the KJV has “in sport”. Because we take our sports so seriously today we miss a bit of this in the KJV. As I was looking at definitions I saw a dramatic difference from my computer’s dictionary and the 1828 Webster dictionary. Today we look at sports as competition in physical activity or a leisure pursuit. As late as 1828 it contained the idea of mockery or merriment.
That is a significant cultural difference. It reflects a growing affluence. Most of the modern American sports were developed after 1828.
The point being made for us is that mocking and deceit are not to be a part of our lives. I know that I do a lot of joking with people. This is reminding me that I need to examine the root of my humor. Actually it is not just reminding. It is accusing me of not being loving in my mirth.
So? I need to examine my motives. It might be a point of repentance in your life too. Only you can say, or stop saying.